GT-5 Visual Acuity Experiment, 1965
Hamish Lindsay writes:
The location of the patterns for the Visual Acuity Experiment is 175km SSE of Carnarvon, on Woodleigh station.
The small areas of test shells. Photo: Hamish Lindsay.
An aerial photo of part of the pattern – from the above-mentioned NASA report, page 4-19.
Here a frame of Department of Supply film taken from a light aircraft.
Visual Acuity candidate sites.
The shell deposits used for the experiment – panorama assembled from Department of Supply 16mm footage.
Another frame from the Department of Supply footage.
The Target array at Woodleigh. Page 4-31.
The location of the shell deposits used at Woodleigh. Page 4-31.
Carnarvon Station Director Lewis Wainwright with Gemini V Carnarvon Capcom Chuck Lewis.
From 16mm Department of Supply footage.
This frame from Department of Supply 16mm footage appears to be of a road near Woodleigh Station.
This frame from Department of Supply footage appears to be Woodleigh Station homestead.
A frame from Department of Supply film showing the relay tower on a hilltop “at Gladstone”.
The location of the hill is actually on the Yaringah Hills, about 300m from the highway at 25.938279°S, 114.317491°E.
John Lambie writes, “The north west coastal highway passes through these small flat top hills, the only change in the featureless landscape.”
Here’s a closeup of the relay hut. (Some of the guy wires disappeared when the image was assembled out of frames from a vertical pan of the movie camera.)
Here’s a frame from Department of Supply footage taken from a light aircraft at about the same time, in late August 1965, during Gemini V.
Looking down on two of the targets from a light aircraft.
The pattern laid out by the shells is still clearly visible in this 2004 satellite image, courtesy of Google Earth.
Each square, marked by areas of shells of varying orientation, is about 900 metres wide.
The full test area measures 8.3 x 1.5 km. The northwestern corner marker is at approx. Lat -26.186°, Long 114.662°.
Download a 4kb KMZ file and import it into Google Earth to see the location.